Paultons Park – Our Visit To Peppa Pig World

We were kindly invited to visit Paultons Park – Home of Peppa Pig World on Tuesday 5th November which was the start of the Winter season and a new experience for us as we are used to going on more day trips in the Summer months (especially family theme parks)

We were so excited to spend the day at the well-known and popular family theme park where we had planned to visit for the past 2 years but never got the opportunity until recent. We set off mid morning after the children had woken from their nap and was happy to arrive and see that we had come on on a quiet day which meant no queues!

On arrival the first thing that was visible was how pretty and clean the grounds were and although the weather was dreary with occasional showers, the family theme park surrounded us with lots of beautiful sights of flowers and autumnal colours from the leaves on the trees.

It was lovely that both Nia-Mae and Josiah were able to enjoy all the rides we went on by being accompanied by an adult and I love how the family theme park had just the right amount of rides to entertain young ones as some can be so busy with too many rides to choose from; you can easily miss out from confusion of where to go.

Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride

Nia-Mae loved watching the ride and listening to the theme parks happy music and wasn’t scared of how high it was. The ride lasted a good amount of time and was enjoyed by both children and the parents overlooking the lovely view of the whole theme park.

Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club

This was one of our favourite rides as it was one that stood out from all the rest and we could enjoy the water ride without getting wet plus view all the life-like models of Peppa Pig and her family while listening to the theme tune from the well-known tv show! It was lovely to see the array of colours from the model features which really helped make it stand out from many of the other family theme parks we have visited.

The Queens Flying Coach Ride

We enjoyed our coach ride again over looking the beautiful views which encouraged conversation about what Nia-Mae could see. We could also see others enjoying the ride at the same time and waved to the other children as we passed them by!

Meeting Peppa And George

Luckily we were able to meet Peppa and George and take a photo with them. They were very friendly and there was also a member of staff available to take both professional photos which were available to purchase but also take photos of family’s with Peppa and George using their own cameras. Even though the weather was wet, the children were all very exited to meet them both and we didn’t have to queue which was an added bonus! Peppa and George are available at allocated time slots and they even came from under the shelter to meet the children up close and personal.

Georgie’s Spaceship Play Zone

After a busy morning of exploring the rides we had time inside the play zone where Josiah could spend time out of the pushchair and we could have a break from the wet weather. We really loved the set up as it catered so that both parents could relax and have a cup of tea while the children enjoyed playing in the soft play.

It was suitable for both Nia-Mae and Josiah with age categorised play zones, Nia- Mae enjoyed going down the slide and the activities of the Recycling zone where the children can take part in experimenting with the soft balls. Josiah enjoyed George’s Musical Instrument’s which was specifically an area for babies 1 and under.

We then enjoyed eating lunch before heading out to meet Peppa and George again and then enjoying the scenery of the rest of Paultons Park including Lost Kingdom where Dad enjoyed experiencing the Flight Of The Pterosaur while myself and the children looked and heard all the sounds from the dinosaur models.

We ended the evening with gorgeous hot chocolate before heading home and talking about the days event during the car journey. We can’t wait to visit again next year to go on the rest of the rides and attractions that we missed out on.

Thank you for having us Paultons Park!

Have you checked out Paultons Park new app? Download it for its interactive map and directions, keep up to date with the theme parks special offers and be in the no how about queue times!

*This blog is based on a gifted trip but all views and opinions are my own*

Thank you for reading!

Desenio- The Ease Of Using Gallery Walls

Desenio is a Swedish company that provides high quality posters and fashionable prints online that are available in the EU, Norway, Switzerland, the US, Canada and Australia.

Wall art is the accessory that can change and lift an entire room and whether you choose abstract, minimalism, quotes or landscape Desenio have a vast range that is guaranteed to compliment your existing colour scheme or decor theme.

If you’re anything like me then visual aids are a must and help to envision and assist putting together ideas and images that are swimming around in your head. We are slowly decorating each of the rooms so the gallery wall tool is a perfect and simple concept that reminds me of an ‘online Pinterest’

Each gallery wall is categorised by room with no obligation to purchase the whole gallery as each wall art can be customised by poster, frame and accessory which amends and adjusts accordingly.

Here are the choices I opted for when using the wall gallery for myself:-

Bedroom

The bedroom is a place of calm and relaxation and the type of decor chosen helps to reflect this. Our colour scheme is white and grey which in my opinion is a perfect combination of masculine and femininity as my husband also shares the room and would definitely frown upon having lots of pink and floral.

Seeing this wall gallery immediately reminds me of how I would envision the finished result to be for our bedroom and allows colours to be added and changed without having to redo the whole bedroom decor all over again.

For both prints at sizes 50x70cm (without frames) totalling £45 and qualifying for free delivery seems very reasonable with the added bonus of how much time has been saved without the fuss of looking around at different prints and then having the daunting task of narrowing it down to the final choice.

This wall gallery is available to purchase here:- Dotted Waves Poster (No.1 & No.2)

Upstairs Landing

We have a huge wall space on the upstairs landing which is directly next to our bathroom. These prints would go perfectly to substitute the lack of wall space we have both in the bathroom and downstairs in the hallway. The vibrancy of colours and fun illustrations reminds me of our recent holiday to Cyprus and would help to ‘kickstart our day’ as these would be positioned directly facing both bedrooms.

A little bit more pricier at £67 for four prints but still brilliant value as one print consists of a size 50x70cm and two prints at 30x40cm which again can be customised to your size requirements.

This wall gallery is available to purchase here:- Pineapple & Poolside Posters

Kids Bedroom

The kids will be sharing in the new year and this is probably the hardest room to design as they are a boy and girl sharing and I would really like the decor in the room to grow with them as well as be as gender neutral as possible but still have a youthful feel to it. There wasn’t as much choice in the wall gallery selection as I would have liked but I came across these posters which would make a fabulous start to their wall decor but also giving me leeway to design their room without having to stick to a ‘jungle theme’ but still have the earthy tones to complete the rest of the room.

I could also build on these wall posters by purchasing some of the individual prints from Desenio by adding some leaf prints which would also add a pop of colour.

These are both available to purchase here:-

Baby Giraffe & Hakuna Matata Poster

Green Monstera Poster

Seeing how these prints work harmoniously together in each room gives me a revived excitement about decorating each of these rooms and makes it feel less daunting when it will be time to add the finishing touches. The wall art gallery is a wonderful innovative idea that should be the future of all online print stores.

*This blog is sponsored but all opinions are my own*

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Mummy’s Day Out (MDO)

So myself and my princess had a very busy weekend. On Saturday we attended an event called Mummy’s Day Out organised by a lovely woman named Rachel. This event was designed as a mothers social event that allows meeting up with mummies new and experience; allowing the ability in networking, advertising, encouragement, advice or just a general social gathering that allows the breakup of a mothers daily routine. Follow http://instagram.com/mummys_day_out for their future event next held in Jan 2017. Mummies you don’t want to miss out! 

Personally for myself it was refreshing to be amongst other mummies from all different journeys and walks of life as sometimes being a mum on maternity leave can be lonely as times but Rachel’s personality, hospitality and extroverted charisma rounded up the day wonderfully. 

The event was professionally organised where you were greeted by the host herself, shown where to place your buggies and encouraged to sit and talk amongst other mums on arrival. The decor was beautifully set out with a Christmas theme and at the front of the room MDO balloons were visible (as posted in the above picture) which were sponsored by Time2Balloon http://instagram.com/time2balloon 

Entertainment was provided for the older  children with an arts and crafts table which surprisingly allowed them to be entertained for the whole duration of the event. 

The venue was the perfect spot for me (as travelling from Reading with a baby in a pushchair) I needed somewhere that was central and easy access on public transport… A quick plug that https://tfl.gov.uk really should update their tube stations??!  To not have lift access in many of them is outdated and makes it very difficult for buggy and wheelchair users to get around on transportation that is largely used around the city. This drastically needs to be improved!!! But anyway many thanks to the men and women that helped me get up and down the stairs to the platforms around the Bakerloo and Central line; your kindness is remembered! 

The venue was held at www.holidayinn.com/stratford-city who were very helpful, welcoming and accomating to the event and were efficient in their service of serving up our Christmas dinner that tasted very yummy (but could have done with being more of a generous serving for a hungry black woman) 

The first guest speaker was a woman named Shirina Carstens who is the founder of a business called Beauty Within http://instagram.com/b_f_within that tackles inner beauty through creative arts.

 Her talk was so inspirational, being a woman that had many misfortunate events and circumstances happen to her, even to the extent of contracting a bug from the hospital she delivered her daughter in which led to her having to learn to walk and talk again and then almost facing death on top of it! Shirina refused to bow out of life and pursued a business venture creating something beautiful out of the tragedy life had dealt her. Her talk was such an encouragement and a help personally to myself in remembering to 

Dust myself off and get back up when I fall… To always keep trying and striving in moving forward. 

Moving always forward, never backward! Don’t give up on my dreams! 

Another guest speaker by the name of Jackie Gyimah spoke personally about seeing yourself not just as a mother but to remember to follow your dreams and to invest in building something for yourself (whether it be a business or a hobby)

 Jackie touched on a personal account of being a young mother and a divorcee before but raised 2 children in whom both have achieved academic success. I look forward to speaking with Jackie in the future as she continues to be encouraging about going for what you want dispite what you may face in life! 

 She was able to tell me a little bit more about herself through interaction by FB messenger:-

 “I am an aspiring motivational speaker. I am currently in the process of building my brand Real Talk With Jackie. Talking about real issues women face and are dealing with, i do this through sharing my own personal journey and experiences, as a single mother, divorcee, teenage mother the list goes on. You can listen to some of my talks on my personal facebook page Jackie Gyimah, but full length talks on MAB ministry’s prayer group”

You can follow Jackie on www.facebook.com/jackie.gyimah who will be building a brand Real Talk With Jackie in the near future. 

The MDO mummies were in for a special treat with the next speaker and demonstration by Annie Nimz who is a mother of 2 and a freelance MUA with a business named BellezaByAnnieNimz.

 Annie spoke about how her talent and hobby off applying make up on herself and others was soon encouraged by close family members and friends to use the social media platform to advance her gift. Annie motivated many and spoke words of truth and wisdom that 

“Black women need to support each other with business ventures and not just personal ones”

This is what Annie soon learned when she first started her business Instagram page which she almost abandoned after giving birth to her second child but soon initiated once again; successfully running a mobile business and launched a makeup tutorial class in September (with another coming early next year). 

Annie gave an easy to follow demonstration on how to achieve the look for ‘fleeky eyebrows’ talking about how and where to buy the tools and makeup she was using. She also gives one-to-one makeup tutorial classes that I aim to personally try out in the near future. Follow Annie Nimz for enquiries, bookings or simply take a look and support her journey on http://instagram.com/annienimz


The last guest speaker (but by far not the least) was by Styled By Tiwa http://instagram.com/tiwajenyo that gave a quick PowerPoint presentation on how to dress for different body shapes she works with  (pear, apple and hourglass) she had the task of  styling the CEO of MDO who entertained us all with a catwalk of her outfit that complimented her beautifully. 

Now you know there can’t be any event without photographs to document the day and the lovely Esi captured the day wonderfully; she worked hard photographing not just the days activities but ensuring that parents and their children were able to have pictures taken together. The children even got a chance to meet Santa which was photographed professionally and efficiently. I will be posting the photographs taken of myself and Nia-Mae  by Esi Scott Photography once I receive them http://instagram.com/esi.scott

Generous sponsors for the event that blessed MDO raffle winners with their products were:-

and Unique Touch Interiors (Interior design and upcycling business) promoted her business while she was there. http://instagram.com/uniquetouchinteriors

I have yet to try their products and will be posting a blog in the near future once I’ve purchased.

Overall it was a wonderful event and day out! I enjoyed socialising and networking with all the new mommas and I’m definitely looking forward to the next event in Jan 2017. Myself and Nia-Mae have made new friendships that we hope will continue as we grow in our journey of motherhood!